Deserts and Beyond

Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.






Sunday, September 11, 2011

Old Town Temecula





Old town Temecula was built in 1882.  The Spanish first came through the Temecula Valley in 1797 and the Indians who lived there became part of Mission San Luis Rey, which I think is one of the most impressive of the California missions.  When I went to UC Riverside, back in the 1970's, I did a survey for the county in Rancho California.  There was nothing there except Old Town and a few wealthy horse ranches.  Today, it is a bustling and crowded area, but Old Town still retains its charm, as you can see.  Hubby and I stopped for a burger yesteday afternoon on our way back to the desert from Costa Mesa, where we stayed overnight and sat in on a camera class Saturday morning.  We awoke to....HAIL...yes, hail at 6:30 a.m., which was followed by a terrific thunderstorm.  It was cloudy at the beach city and clouds followed us all the way home.  We were treated to a huge lightning storm over Joshua Tree last night.

1 comment:

Gaelyn said...

Looks like a quaint little place.